Michelle Foster of Y-12 Facilities, Infrastructure and Services, demonstrates the use of an ultrasonic detector with Oak Ridge High School sophomores Morgan Grady, left, and Samantha Bell at Y-12's New Hope Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, during the Introduce a Girl to Engineering event. This was a first-time Y-12 event in recognition of National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25).

Some 400 9th-12th grade girls from area schools were encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The girls were able to interact with women working in the engineering fields and experience hands-on activities at this event. Organizations, including Women in Nuclear, the American Nuclear Society, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, also were on hand to talk with the girls.

Feb 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

Nuclear family
"A Nuclear Family: Y-12 National Security Complex" is a four episode documentary film that provides a first-hand perspective on the reasons Y-12ers want to do their jobs well and how they view their work to support the nation’s continued freedom. The Y-12 story is both one of technological challenges being met and people serving their nation by working on nuclear weapons to help win World War II, the Cold War and now fighting the War on Terror.

February's episode, "The Manhattan District," aired last night on East Tennessee PBS and is available online at http://www.y12.doe.gov/about/history/video.php.

Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-12 National Security Complex dates to the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, when the Army Corps of Engineers turned fields and forests into facilities that would help win World War II. Like the city of Oak Ridge that grew up around it, Y-12 would emerge from secrecy to be known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. Y-12 is more than just a place where people come to work; they are an integral part of national security. The series is giving viewers never-before-seen glimpses into the world-changing work done in Oak Ridge by East Tennesseans, some natives, some transplants, but all proud to work at Y-12.

"A Nuclear Family: Y-12 National Security Complex" is produced by Y-12 Video Services for broadcast by the East Tennessee Public Broadcasting System. The 30-minute programs are being shown the last Thursday of each month, January - "I've seen it," February - "The Manhattan District," March - "The race for peace," and April - "Lifting the veil." After each episode is broadcast, it is placed, along with several other historical videos, on the Y-12 National Security Complex's public web site.

Feb 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Donna Soria
Donna Soria, campaign director with the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon, presents the Sybil B. Harrington Leadership Award to B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery on Monday. B&W Pantex received the award for being the company that does the most to increase the number of leadership givers, those who pledge $1,000 or more to the United Way. Pantex pledged $614,535 to United Way this year, including gifts of $40,000 from B&W Pantex and $1,000 from the Metal Trades Council.

Woolery said Pantex was honored to receive award. “This confirms what we’ve always known, that Pantexans are incredibly generous and are eager to support this community,” he said. “The United Way is an important organization that does so much to help people in need. We are proud to support its work.”

Feb 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

President Obama has asserted that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” With new threats arising every day, it is important that we have a superior mechanism in place to monitor and protect our sensitive data. As we work to be a smarter, more modern and more secure NNSA, the new Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center (JC3) will help us to better understand the health and security of our systems, data and networks complex-wide.

The JC3 is a unique way to tackle cybersecurity threats. I am working with members of senior leadership from the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to spearhead a team that will help maintain constant surveillance of our sensitive information. By pooling the resources of multiple organizations, we will more efficiently protect our cyber assets from those with malicious intent.

As issues arise, the JC3 will be able to pinpoint the problem area and work quickly to neutralize the threat. It will streamline information sharing, reporting and access to technical resources 24/7, while preserving individual participating organizations’ unique requirements and information.

This diagram shows how the JC3 will function:

JC3The JC3 aims to consolidate more than 11 stand-alone security solutions into one super cyber security monitoring machine, saving all involved parties time and money. This pillar of the NNSA Network Vision is vital to national security and the health of our organization.

Check back soon to hear more exciting news as we continue to work towards becoming a smarter, unified and more secure OneNNSA.

Feb 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

NNSA recently hosted the 2012 Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Symposium at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

The symposium highlighted the accomplishments and promotes interaction among SSAA program participants, sponsors and the NNSA national laboratories. The symposium was geared toward NNSA-supported researchers with grants or cooperative agreements in the areas such as low energy nuclear science, the study of properties of materials under extreme conditions, high energy density physics, and grants awarded under the National Laser Users’ Facility Grant Program.

NNSA founded the SSAA to create opportunities for scientists in physics and other disciplines important to NNSA missions.

For details about the symposium see: http://www.orau.gov/ssaa2012/default.htm

Feb 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

Geoff BeausoleilGeoff Beausoleil has been named as the manager of the Sandia Site Office (SSO) effective April 8. He succeeds Patty Wagner who retired on Feb. 3, 2012.

Beausoleil has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry with DOE and Newport News Shipbuilding. His most recent assignment has been deputy manager for the Pantex Site Office, to which he was appointed in November 2008, with responsibilities for the day-to-day administration of the Site Office and oversight of Plant operations.

Prior to his Pantex assignment, Beausoleil served as the assistant manager, Office of Operational Support at the DOE Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID), and as the DOE-ID integrated safety management champion. In that position, Beausoleil was responsible for all of the Idaho National Laboratory site environment, quality, safety, health, worker protection, safeguards/security, emergency management and information technology programs.

Other positions held by Beausoleil at DOE-ID included director of the Quality and Safety Division and the facility director for the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and the Waste Reduction Operations Complex, where he was responsible for all transuranic, low-level, hazardous, and mixed-waste operations. Prior to arriving at DOE, he held various engineering positions at Newport News Shipbuilding, finishing his career there as the chief refueling engineer for the USS Enterprise.

Rich Sena has been serving as the acting manager of the SSO since Wagner’s retirement. Sena is currently the deputy manager.

Feb 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm

The most recent NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available here.

The quarterly summary for the 1st quarter of FY2012 prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include some of the most sophisticated scientific research facilities in the world including, the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. The summary also provides the number of experiments performed at each facility during each quarter of the fiscal year.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile. An extraordinary set of science, technology and engineering (ST&E) facilities have been established in support of the stockpile stewardship program.

Feb 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

More than 300 students recently converged in Kansas City for the annual Science Bowl Regional Competition.

Blue Valley West High School won the Kansas division and The Barstow Academy won the Missouri division. Both teams will advance to Washington, D.C. to compete against 65 other regional winners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® from April 26 – 30.

Support for the Science Knowledge Bowl is an important piece of NNSA’s efforts to promote science, math, and technology education in order to keep America technologically competitive and to stoke the pipeline with future employees.


Missouri winner: Barstow Academy, Kansas City, Mo.


Kansas winner: Blue Valley West High School; Overland Park, Kan. 

Feb 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman recently visited the site of NNSA's new National Security Campus at Botts Rd. and 150 Hwy in Kansas City, Mo. Poneman met with GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb, NNSA KCSO Manager Mark Holecek, and Honeywell FM&T President Chris Gentile.

On Jan. 23, 2013, the NNSA's Kansas City Plant will begin the carefully orchestrated move from the Bannister Federal Complex to the new site. The relocation, one of the largest and most complex moves in the nation, will involve approximately 2,800 pieces of large equipment and more than 40,000 moving crates filling more than 2,600 semi-truckloads. The move will take place over a 19-month period and will allow for dual operations at both facilities to ensure continued delivery of product in support of national security.

Feb 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Canyon Junior High students were crowned the champions during this weekend’s Science Bowl competition held in Amarillo, Texas. Pantex has sponsored the bowl for 21 consecutive years in hopes of fostering a love of science and math in the youngsters of the Texas Panhandle.

For months, 29 teams from 14 area schools prepared for the competition, where they squared off for a test of science and math knowledge in a game-show type format.

Around 150 Pantex employees and community volunteers assisted with Science Bowl. The competition features teams of four students answering science and math questions in a round-robin format, followed by a double elimination round after lunch. The team will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to compete with dozens of other teams from across the U.S. for the national title.

Feb 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm